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Resource: Medicaid at a Glance

Research and Reports

Medicaid is the largest public health insurance program in the U.S., providing health care coverage to more than 60 million low-income individuals. The program is financed jointly by states and the federal government. To qualify for Medicaid, individuals must meet financial criteria and belong to one of the following eligible groups:  children, pregnant women, adults with dependent children, people with severe disabilities and seniors. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released a new fact sheet that provides a general overview of the Medicaid program, who benefits from this public health insurance program and how it improves access to health services.

Read the fact sheet.

Brenda Sharpe, President and CEO of the REACH Foundation, recently wrote about the opportunity for states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to currently ineligible adults up to 138% of the federal poverty level. If Kansas and Missouri opted to expand Medicaid, health coverage would be available to nearly 500,000 individuals, reducing the uninsured rate and bringing additional benefit to the two states.

Read Brenda Sharpe’s column.





Cultural Competency Evaluation Report

The REACH Foundation introduced a Cultural Competency Initiative in 2008 with an aim of increasing understanding and practice of cultural competency in health and human service organizations — and with a long-term goal of reducing barriers that contribute to health disparities.

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City joined REACH in support of the initiative in fall 2010, expanding the number of area agencies involved. Since that time, two other funding organizations have joined this effort.

A major component of the initiative is access to individualized technical assistance to help organizations assess cultural competence in their agencies and develop work plans for improvement. Health and human service organizations apply to participate through a competitive RFP process. Organizations selected receive 12 months of TA and membership in a monthly learning community. As of 2012, nearly 20 organizations have been selected to participate.

Resource Development Institute completed an evaluation of the initiative over its first two years that focused on intermediate outcomes which demonstrate changes in organizational policies and procedures; changes in leadership support, planning and service design; changes in the attitudes, motivations and skills of agency personnel related to cultural competency; and  tangible changes in how direct services are delivered.

To learn more, read the executive summary and the full report.

For more information, contact Carla Gibson, senior program officer,

From the President and CEO - Considering Medicaid

As I See It– Help Thousands in Missouri and Kansas Access Health Care

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is both a feeling of relief and anxiety. Even though the Supreme Court’s ruling answered questions about the law’s constitutionality, the political unrest around the ACA continues.

Many of us understand that the health law isn’t perfect in its full construction, but health care leaders who work to provide health services for our region’s uninsured and medically underserved residents understand that the law represents an opportunity for nearly a half million people in Kansas and Missouri to gain access to health care services and coverage.

Our states now face a new decision that could either bring that access closer to home or continue to keep thousands in our region on the margins. Read more.

Conferences for Oral Health and Primary Care Providers

Oral Health Kansas Conference

Registration is still open for Oral Health Kansas’ Annual Conference on September 13-14, in Wichita. This year’s theme is “Prevention Matters.” Sessions will examine the role of state advocacy in improving oral health; implementation of the Affordable Care Act; the health benefits of community water fluoridation and more. Access the conference agenda and registration information.

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved

 “Plugged In: Connecting to Provide Quality Health Care” is the theme for this year’s Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved conference. The conference will be held September 19-21 in Wichita. Access the conference brochure and registration information.


Report Assesses Kansas Children's Oral Health

Research and Reports

The Kansas Bureau of Oral Health has released 2012 Smiles Across Kansas, a statewide oral health surveillance of children’s oral health. The study uses a survey protocol designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association for State and Territorial Dental Directors, and collects clinical information on caries, dental restorations and dental sealants. The study also reports on access to dental care, insurance status and the frequency of dental visits.

Among the findings:

  • The oral health status of Kansas children is improving:  Approximately one of 10 Kansas children has untreated, active dental decay, which is an improvement from the 2004 survey, which reported one of four children had untreated decay.
  • Dental sealants are undertilized to prevent dental decay, particularly in minority children. Fewer than 36% of Kansas children have sealants on their first molars; the percentage is lower for African American and Latino children.

Read the 2012 Smiles Across Kansas report.

Missouri Oral Health Landscape Report

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Missouri Foundation for Health and REACH Healthcare Foundation supported a study of oral health in Missouri: “Missouri’s Oral Health:  Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Oral Health Access.”

The study, conducted by Healthcare Management Strategies, reports on the oral health status of children and adults, disparities in oral health and opportunities to strengthen the oral health delivery system.

Read the executive summary.

Ready the full report.


Learning Opportunities

Following are learning opportunities currently available to nonprofit organizations:

Understanding How to Handle Donor Contributions, presented by BKD

Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 10 to 11 a.m.

Organizations that receive contributions from donors have certain reporting obligations to the IRS. Is your organization prepared for the requirements that come with these gifts? BKD will provide a free webinar, which will address an organization’s responsibility when it accepts donor contributions. Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Decide when an organization is responsible for sending donor acknowledgement;
  • Explain the different reporting requirements to donors for charitable contributions;
  • Decide what information needs to be included in a donor acknowledge.

The audience for the program is CFOs, foundation directors and nonprofit organization development directors.

Learn more and register for the program at:


INMED Announces 2012 Cross-Cultural Healthcare Symposium

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Institute for International Medicine is accepting registrations for its 2012 Cross-Cultural Healthcare Symposium on October 9. The conference will be held at the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus, 12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas. The symposium seeks to equip and mobilize regional health care students, professionals and community leaders to bridge cultural barriers in providing health care services to culturally diverse populations in the Greater Kansas City area.

Click for more details and to register.



KIDS COUNT Data Highlight Changes in Child Poverty

Kansas ranks in the bottom half of states for the number of children without health insurance, according to the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and released by Kansas Action for Children.

Rankings in the KIDS COUNT Data Book are based on 16 indicators of child well-being organized into four categories: health, economic well-being, education, and family and community. Each state is ranked overall and in each of the four categories. Kansas ranked 16th overall. The Data Book shows that 60,000 Kansas children do not have health insurance, putting the state 30th in the nation on this indicator (data from 2010). Although efforts are under way to increase enrollment in the state’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, Kansas’ rank has dropped seven spots in two years.

Missouri ranked 26th overall.

Read the Kansas KIDS COUNT profile.

Read the Missouri KIDS COUNT profile.

What We're Reading at REACH

Feature: What we’re reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in June 2012, we are interested in reports and discussions on the potential impact on states and their uninsured populations through expansion of state Medicaid programs. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA granted states the authority to decide whether to expand Medicaid coverage to nonelderly adults with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Following are some articles of interest:

“How will the Medicaid Expansion for Adults Impact Eligibility and Coverage?” Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, July 2012

“How Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 25, 2012

“Considerations in Assessing State-Specific Fiscal Effects of the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion,” Urban Institute Health Policy Center, August 2012

 “Opting in to the Medicaid Expansion under the ACA:  Who Are the Uninsured Adults Who Could Gain Health Insurance Coverage?” Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues, Urban Institute Health Policy Center, August 2012



Grant Guidelines Now Available


Grant guidelines for 2013 program and core operating grants are available for review. The guidelines describe the REACH Foundation’s targeted outcomes and funding strategies.

Organizations interested in applying for a program grant or core operating grant are encouraged to attend one of two pre-proposal conferences scheduled for Aug. 7 and Aug. 9. The pre-proposal conferences will provide additional detail on the Foundation’s funding interests and walk through the online application.

REACH program staff also will offer a Letter of Intent Technical Assistance Workshop on Wednesday, August 15, at the REACH Foundation offices. The workshop is designed to assist organizations with preparing the letter of intent. Register here. Space is limited.

Download the 2013 Grant Guidelines. Review the Grants page for more information on program and core operating grants, and links to eligibility information and answers to frequently asked questions.


Dates Set for Grant Pre-Proposal Meetings


The REACH Foundation will hold pre-proposal meetings in August to discuss the application process for 2013 program and core operating grants. Foundation staff will outline funding priorities and the grant application process at two meetings:

Tuesday, August 7, 1-3 p.m.

Saint Paul School of Theology Holter Conference Center

5123 E. Truman Road, Kansas City, MO  64127

Thursday, August 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

West Wyandotte Library

1737 N. 82nd Street, Kansas City, KS  66112

No RSVP required.

The Letter of Intent, the first step in the application process, is due Thursday, August 30, by 4 p.m. REACH staff will offer a Letter of Intent workshop on Wednesday, August 15, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the REACH Foundation’s offices. RSVP to Space is limited.

Interested organizations can learn more about the program and core operating grants by reviewing the Grants page on our web site. To learn more about the Foundation’s funding priorities, review our Theory of Change.